Translation of German cinema article, part 3, draft




The upper boundary until now has been occupied by Category 5 storms, like those that appeared in 1925 in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, or 1999 in Oklahoma. Explanation: Tornados are classified according to the theoretical twelve-step Fujita scale, which was proposed by Chicago meteorologist Tetsuya Theodore Fujita. The very highest category of F12 would not be physically achievable on earth, as winds cannot exceed the speed of sound.

In “Into the Storm,” such a mega-F6 storm is brewing. A group of storm hunters puts itself in a vehicle like a tank in search of unpredictable natural phenomena and is soon caught in the eye of the storm. “We show four different levels of tornadoes,” Quale explains. “Just when it looks like they’ve survived the worst, new supercells form and the cloud front turns around, worse and more annihilating than before.” This in variations that at the beginning seemed exaggerated even to the actors. Armitage: “When we read the scene in the script where the fire tornado breaks out, we thought it was a crazy idea. On the next day we saw on on youtube how such an elephant’s trunk of fire [lit. Feuerrüssel. Prob a better translation for that] swept over the Australian outback.”

Steven Quale is clear that his film will inevitably be compared with “Twister,” the disaster move produced by Steven Spielberg. However, he distinguishes strongly between the two films: “”Twister” was an entertaining spectacle with partially comedic undertones. “Into the Storm” goes in a different direction. When our tornadoes break out, everyone should hold on tight.”

–Scott Orlin

~ by Servetus on July 28, 2014.

2 Responses to “Translation of German cinema article, part 3, draft”

  1. Thank you so much for making available a translation of this article from the German for those who, like me, was not really able to read and understand it. ^_^


    • you’re welcome. Translations of stuff in languages we don’t read usually appears on and richard Armitage central, though — this one will appear on So plenty of help out there!


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